Thursday, December 22, 2016

Pardon me (maybe pun intended)

We have reported, along with many others, the mutiny trials from some years ago in Nigeria. (E.g., here, here, here.)  There were 70 soldiers convicted of mutiny and sentenced to death. Their sentences were later commuted to 10 years.
The soldiers, who were found guilty of mutiny, were accused of refusing to help recapture three towns that had been seized by Boko Haram in August.
Troops have complained that they are not being given enough weapons and ammunition to fight Boko Haram.
The Nation now reports that their lawyers have requested a pardon.

I read the request as based on the soldiers having been retaliated against for making--and acting on--legitimate complaints allowed under law. The U.S. military has an anti-retaliation statute for service members who make certain complaints, but not who mutiny. No reference was made to this report.

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